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Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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An American conversation with global attitude - on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon.

An American conversation with global attitude - on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon

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198 Pieces

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Ashkan Soltani is a researcher for The Washington Post, who broke many of the NSA surveillance stories from the Edward Snowden leak. He tells us ab...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Benjamen Walker, radio producer/host of the Theory of Everything podcast, explains how the book "1984" started in the year 1984.

Bought by XRAY.fm and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the artists — from Orwell of Nineteen Eighty-Four, to Philip Dick and Margaret Atwood, to Trevor Paglen and Banksy — who raise the big questio...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. At the end of June, 1964, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., ...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc.


  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 06:43
  • Purchases: 1
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We've discovered some old gems in our radio archives and sprinkled them through a conversation with John Updike's biographer, Adam Begley, for our ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
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In February 1996, David Foster Wallace came to Boston. He was the not-quite recognized writer of the massive book, Infinite Jest, which was just be...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KFOK-LPFM, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:36
  • Purchases: 3
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Where is jazz headed in a new century? With the pianist Vijay Iyer as guide, newly tenured as a professor at Harvard, it tends toward the experimen...

Bought by KMUW and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
  • Purchases: 2
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China is in its own gilded age says The New Yorker writer Evan Osnos, into a second generation of ultra-modern tech, a still-developing country bri...

Bought by KZYX and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jun 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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David Bromwich introduces us to the conservative hero Edmund Burke, the 18th-century British statesman who befriended the American Revolution, hate...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
  • Purchases: 1
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Our “Reading Chekhov” series culminates in a full hour on the Russian physician who spun the small happenings of old Russia into some of the most p...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: May 30, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re speaking with a hot name in disruptive innovation, Sebastian Thrun. He’s part of our conversation on hacking higher education. He’s the foun...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: May 26, 2014
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 1
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Continuing our series on higher ed, we're hacking our way to a better model; call it New U. There won't be a football team or a building and ground...

  • Added: May 23, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
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How did higher education, in general, turn from the days of the GI Bill — and the land grant colleges long before that — to being a trap for sevent...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 04:23
  • Purchases: 1
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How did higher education, in general, turn from the days of the GI Bill — and the land grant colleges long before that — to being a trap for sevent...

  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 18:23
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Derek Bok is the only two-time president of Harvard University, which is to say he has twice reinvented the management of the oldest, richest, mayb...

Bought by KVSC and KPIK-LP


  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 31:11
  • Purchases: 2
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Here’s how to read David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page door stop and masterpiece Infinite Jest: it’s a Boston novel the way Ulysses is a Dublin n...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re trying also to locate Aaron Swartz as a landmark in the culture and the age.

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Richard Powers is indulging us in a runaway riff on music, in a little room in the Boston Athenaeum, on the top of Beacon Hill, overlooking the Old...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 47:52
  • Purchases: 1
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We're revisiting the birthplace of the American mind. Five houses on three streets within a period of five years in Concord, Massachusetts launche...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WRPI, and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 3
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Oyeyemi has a way of seeing modern life as a series of fairy tales, and she likes to scatter them throughout the forest, upending monsters and unde...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 21:58
  • Purchases: 1